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The King of Shanghai

Written by Ian Hamilton

Series Title: An Ava Lee Novel

  • 408 Pages
  • 9781770892460
  • 8" x 5.25"
  • FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Women Sleuths



Publication Date January 17, 2015

The seventh novel in the Ava Lee series finds Ava getting caught up in the election for the chairmanship of the Triad Societies.

Ava steps into her new business with May Ling Wong and her sister-in-law, Amanda. On a trip to Shanghai, Ava meets with Xu, a young man Uncle had been mentoring and who is also the head of the Triad in Shanghai. Xu makes an audacious business proposal that she and May are compelled to consider. Meanwhile, separately and privately, he confides to Ava that he intends to run for the chairmanship of the Triad Societies and attempts to recruit her as his adviser and confidante.

Against her will, Ava becomes enmeshed in Triad warfare and her future is threatened . . .


Ian Hamilton

IAN HAMILTON is the author of ten novels in the Ava Lee series. The books have been shortlisted for numerous prizes, including the Arthur Ellis Award, the Barry Award, and the Lambda Literary Prize, and are national bestsellers. The Water Rat of Wanchai was the winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel and was named a best book of the year by Amazon.ca, the Toronto Star, and Quill & Quire. BBC Culture named Hamilton one of the ten mystery/crime writers from the last thirty years that should be on your bookshelf. The series is being adapted for television.


"an unputdownable book that I would highly recommend for all" Words of Mystery

"Ava would be a sure thing to whip everybody, Putin included, at the negotiating table." Toronto Star

"a solid addition to the Ava Lee series…Ava is as powerful and brilliant as ever." Literary Treats

"This is Ava Lee back to her best." Canmore book blog

"After six novels starring Chinese-Canadian Ava Lee and her perilously thrilling exploits, best-selling Canadian author Ian Hamilton has jolted his creation out of what wasn’t even yet a rut and hurled her abruptly into a new circumstance, with fresh ambitions." London Free Press

"one of Ian Hamilton’s best" Globe and Mail

"It's a measure of Hamilton's quality as a thriller writer that he compels your attention even before he starts ratcheting up the suspense." Postmedia News Network

"Ian Hamilton has done it again. This is another great chapter in the series with a thriller aspect that will keep you turning the pages." Al Hawadeth